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Monday January 28, 2013 01:58:40 PM, Hena Farhat,

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Mumbai: Convenor of the seminar called on Prophet Mohammad here on Sunday Prof Ibrahim Khalil Abedi and Dr Shakeel Samdani who was one of the speakers refuted, and distanced them and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), from the report that said Muslim scholars were considering to invite Salaman Rushdie for a debate.


"It was just a suggestion from one of the speakers in his individual capacity. Just one sentence in his entire speech. There was neither any endorsement nor any further discussion on it", Prof Abedi said while talking to on phone.


"It's misleading to say that the suggestion had anything to do either with the organisers of the seminar or the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)", he said.


Dr Shakil Samdani, a professor of law at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and one of the speakers at the seminar also refuted the report specially his reported statement as baseless and incorrect.


"I did not utter a single word in my speech on the debate. What has been quoted in the report in my name is totally baseless and untrue. My entire speech is recorded and anyone can come and verify", he said.


A leading national English daily on Monday quoting senior lawyer and AIMPLB member Yusuf Muchala reported that a group of scholars, who are also members of the powerful All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), has invited controversial author Salman Rushdie to debate on Islam and the Prophet s life.


The report termed it a "significant change of position" from what it claimed as "the general Muslim view which has opposed Rushdies visit to India ever since his controversial novel The Satanic Verses created a storm in the 1980s."


Meanwhile, Yusuf Muchala also stated that his suggestion to invite Salman Rushdie for a debate was personal and had nothing to do with the AIMPLB. He also said that Rushdie's rhetoric on Islam was an offence and his proposal to invite Rushdie for a debate was with an intention to expose him in front of the people who treat him like a celebrity.


"Rushdie's views about Islam is not only blasphemous but an offence under Indian Panel Code (IPC). By inviting him to a debate, I wanted to clear the way to book him under IPC if he reiterates his views in the country", he said while talking to 







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